Scrappy Draft Snake FREE Crochet Pattern

Scrappy Draft Snake FREE Crochet Pattern
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  • Item #: 3456-H1305R
  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

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About Scrappy Draft Snake: 

Make your own door draft guard "draft dodger" with scrap yarn. Make another as a toy friend for a young child! Pattern includes instructions for crocheting the forked tongue with crochet thread.

If you're wondering what to do with leftover crochet yarns, yarn scraps, stash yarns, or single skeins of pretties, this is your lucky day. This free 'n' easy pattern uses basic crochet stitches, yarns you already own, and is sure to lower your heating bills!

Children love these! My original design intent was to crochet a practical household item, and to use up all the odd balls of novelty yarns in my stash. However my son (he was 5 years old in the photo) saw it as his new companion.

Use whatever yarns you wish. Furry, lumpy, fleecy, and feathery yarns are fantastic for draft snakes because the extra texture blocks drafts under the door the best

It’s freeformy because: you just combine any yarns you like, change them when you wish, and make your snake to the width and length you decide.

The earlier version of this pattern (without forked tongue instructions and downloadable format) is still at my blog (January 2009), and it appeared in an online “Daily Green” newspaper article about thrifty homemade draft snakes. It was first designed in December, 2004.

If you use all smooth yarn scraps--for example, 3 worsted weight strands of Red Heart yarn or Caron Simply Soft acrylic held together--the snake will have a cool woven basket look instead. It will also be more stiff.

I glued big flat-backed acrylic gems for the eyes, and with thin red crochet thread I crocheted a forked tongue. In this downloadable pattern edition, instructions for crocheting the tongue are available for the first time.

International English equivalents to American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are provided in brackets.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet in the round as a spiral (without joining each round)
  • An easy way to crochet a forked tongue
  • A fun & quick use for scrap yarns

Finished Dimensions
Approximately 4 inches (10 cm) at widest and 35 inches (89 cm) long. Pattern includes instructions for changing both width and length of snake.

  • Skill Level: Easy
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